All main schedule timings in British Summer Time (BST)
[International times / time zones provided in individual sessions]

Wednesday 1st Sept

09:45 – 10:15

Rhiannon Mathias (Conference Director) and Andrew Lewis (Head of Music, Drama and Performance  School)

10:30 – 12:00

Individual papers will be 20 minutes in length and followed by 10 minutes discussion time, unless otherwise indicated. Chairs for each session will be confirmed in due course.

Room 1A:  Women’s Work in Music 1

  • Alice Borrett (Hull University), ‘The Issue of Access for Women in Music'.
  • Christina Homer (The Open University), 'Gender Diversity in Music HE: Problems, Perceptions, and Strategies for Change'.
  • Vick Bain (Queen Mary University, London / President Elect of the ISM), 'The Original Gig Economy – Gendered Precarious Working in the Music Industry'.

Room 1B:  Exploring Women’s Musical Leadership: Salon Culture Collectives, and Networks

  • Ann Grindley (The Open University), ‘Reappraising Cécile Chaminade as a Female Musical Leader Within Salon Culture’.
  • Laura Watson (Maynooth University), ‘Musical Leadership and Feminist Activism in Contemporary Ireland’. 
  • Laura Hamer (The Open University) and Helen Julia Minors (Kingston University), ‘WMLOP: Impetuses and Initial Findings of the Women’s Musical Leadership Online Project’.

Room 1C:  Contemporary Composition 1

  • Chloe Knibbs (PhD Student, University of York), 'Ruins, Erosion and Sonic Disintegration: Exploring the Narratives of Grandval, Jaëll and Holmès'.
  • Rhian Samuel (Professor Emeritus, City University, London, and Freelance Composer), 'Orpheus - Past and Present'.
  • Oge Nwosu (Oxford Centre for Life Writing) and Electra Perivolaris (Royal Academy of Music), 'If I shed my skin at the edge of the sea … Extending the Singing Role of (Female) Precentor from Sacred Gaelic Rite to Secular Opera Stage: Documentation of Practice-Based Ethnomusicological Research and Performance’.

Room 1D:  Critical Approaches to Music and Music History

  • Inês Thomas Almeida (Universidade Nova de Lisboa / FCSH / INET-md), 'Women as Music Critics at the Beginning of the 19th Century: Esther Bernard’s Struggles to Make her Voice Heard'. [WEST]
  • Charlotte Purkis (University of Winchester), 'Evaluating the Significance of British Women Critics and Commentators in Identifying Musical Trends and Enthusiasms in Early 20th-Century Musical Journalism'.
  • Li-ming Pan (Taipei National University of the Arts), 'Her Story - How to put Female Musicians in the Taiwanese Musical History'. [TST 18:30] 
12:00 – 13:00 Break and Socialising Time
13:00 – 13:45

Dr Florence Launay (Cercle de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Musiciennes, Paris), ‘Pauline Viardot, Virtuosa-Composer: Chronicle of a Rediscovery’.

14:00 – 15:30 SESSION 2

Room 2A:  Celebrating Pauline Viardot

  • David Otero Aragoneses (Conservatorio Profesional de Musica, Spain), 'Pauline Viardot: Melting Pot of Cultures'. [CEST 15:00]
  • Tammy Hensrud (Hofstra University) and Korliss Uecker (Music Conservatory of Westchester Vocal Director, Preparatory Division), 'Solo and Duet Music of Pauline Viardot with Special Emphasis on Chopin’s Mazurkasand Brahms’ Hungarian Dances'. [EDT 09:30] (Note that this presentation will be 35 minutes in duration and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.)    

Room 2B: Music Education

  • Susanna Välimäki (Professor of Art Research, University of Helsinki), 'Queering the History of Classical Music in Finland: Composer Ida Moberg, Violinist Kerttu Wanne and Other Lesbian Musicians of the 19th and Early 20th Century'. [EEST 16:00] 
  • Pauline Black (University of Edinburgh / University of Aberdeen), 'Jazz in Education: Exploring the Experiences and Beliefs of Women Teaching in UK Secondary Schools'.
  • Adriana Diaz-Donoso (Teachers College, Columbia University), ‘Access to Opportunities: Early Childhood Jazz Education for All'. [EDT 10:00]

Room 2C: Herstory 1

  • Frances Lee (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore), 'Sonata-Form Manipulations in Hensel’s Final Multi-Movement Works'. [SST 21:00]
  • Dr Anja Bunzel (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences), '‘An Industrious Composer Has Given Our Singers a Beautiful New Year’s Gift’: Josefina Brdlíková’s Songs to Words by Eliška Krásnohorská'. [CEST 15:30]
  • Amanda Lalonde (University of Saskatchewan), 'Delphine von Schauroth’s Sonate Brilliante and the Early Nineteenth-Century Woman Artist'. [CST 08:00]

Room 2D: Women’s Work in Music 2

  • Ellan Lincoln-Hyde (SOAS University of London), ‘The Complicated Story of White Women Missionaries Teaching Music in Northern China: a Document-based Analysis of Christian Hymnody Created and Circulated by E. Kathleen Hooper in Northern China, 1930s-1960s’.
  • Jennifer Cable (University of Richmond), 'Beverley Peck Johnson: Pioneer, Pianist, and Incomparable Vocal Pedagogue.' [EDT 09:30]
  • Catherine Harrison-Boisvert (Université de Montréal, Canada / École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), 'Popular Music and Votes for Women: Kitsching American Suffragettes Through Song'. [CEST 16:00]
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:30 SESSION 3

Room 3A: Performance and Genres

  • Hélène Crowley (University of Oxford), 'The Voice of Reason: The Role of Women in Enlightened Intermezzi'.
  • Matthew Franke (Howard University), 'Female Performers and the Emergence of Realism in Italian Opera'. [EDT 11:30]
  • Peng Liu (University of Texas at Austin), 'The Rise and Fall of a Genre: Anna Caroline de Belleville’s Opera Fantasies in Victorian Britain'. [CDT 11:00]

Room 3B: Perspectives in Popular Music 1

  • Eva Dieteren (Maastricht University), '“Categorize me, I defy every label”: The Radical Potential of the Cyborg in Janelle Monáe’s Music'. [CEST 17:00]
  • Nathan Fleshner (University of Tennessee), 'Abnormally Attracted to Sin: Religion in the Work of Tori Amos'. [EDT 11:30]
  • David Forrest (Texas Tech University), ‘Hypermeter as an Expressive Tool in the Songs of Kate Bush'. [CDT 11:00]

Room 3C: Herstory 2

  • Ana Lombardía (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain), 'Early Symphonies by Female Spanish Composers: The Queen of Etruria (ca. 1810-1824)'. [CEST 17:00]
  • Dr Susan Keith Gray (University of South Dakota) and Dr Laura Kobayashi (Main Street Studios, Fairfax, VA),‘Grande Sonate, Op. 8, for Violin and Piano by French 19th Century Composer, Marie Grandval'. [CDT 10:30]
  • Ana Barros (Universidade de Aveiro / INET-md), 'Laura Wake Marques (1880-1957): Patron, Singer, Composer'. [WEST]

Room 3D: Ethnomusicological Evaluations

  • Tiziana Leucci (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde er de l’Asie du Sud, Paris / Conservatoire de Musique et Danse ‘Gabriel Faure’, Les Lilas), ‘Silenced Voices and Forgotten Struggles: the Battles of the South Indian Courtesan and Musician Bangalore Nagaratnamma (1878-1952)’. [CEST 17:00]
  • Val Harding (Swadhinata Trust), ‘Bengali Music and Musicians in the UK Oral History Project’.
  • Misti L. Webster (University of Utah), ‘Zitkala-Ša: Dissonance Between Musical and Cultural Identity’. [MDT 10:00]
17:30 – 18:30 Break and Socialising Time
18:30 – 19:30

‘100 Years of Welsh Song’ with Sioned Terry (mezzo-soprano) and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (piano)



Thursday 2nd Sept

09:00 – 09:15 WELCOME
09:15 – 10:30

‘Reclaiming Women’s Work in Music: Reflections After a Global Pandemic’, chaired by Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). 

Panellists:  Michelle Escoffery (President of the PRS Members’ Council); Deborah Keyser (Director, Ty Cerdd Music Centre Wales / President, ISM); Errollyn Wallen CBE (Composer)

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30


Room 4A:  Jazz Performance and Reception 

  • Ms Ulagh Williams (Nelson Mandela University), 'Resilient Subalterns: Performing Jazz / Performing Gender in Post-Apartheid South Africa'.  [SAST 12:00] 
  • Dr Pedro Cravinho (Senior Research Fellow, Birmingham City University & Integrated Member, CITCEM Research Group, University of Porto, Portugal) and Deniz Ilbi (Integrated Member, CITCEM Research Group, University of Porto, Portugal), 'Women in Jazz in Portugal and Turkey: a Comparative Approach'. [WEST] 

Room 4B:  Women Musicians in Ghana: Exploring their Role, Influence and Active Participation in the Ghanaian Music Industry

  • Senyo Adzei (University of Cape Coast, Ghana), ‘A Composer, Performer and Administrator:  Diana Hopeson in Perspective’. [GMT 10:00]
  • Grace Takyi Donkor (University of Ghana, Accra), ‘”Anka Matete”: The Contributions of the Tagoe Sisters to the Ghanaian Gospel Music Industry’. [GMT 10:30]
  • Eyram E. K. Fiagbedzi (University of Ghana, Accra), ‘’Yei ... Ayekoo: The Exploits of Naa Amanua in the Ga Folk Music Tradition in Ghana’. [GMT 11:00]

Room 4C:  Performance and Interpretation

  • Emma Townsend (PhD Candidate, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), 'The Value of a Work: The Shifting Cultural Importance of Esther Rofe’s Ground-Breaking ballet, Sea Legend'. [AEST 20:00]
  • Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music, London), 'Telling Women’s Stories: Clara Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben, Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s One Life Stand'.
  • Rachel Watson (Kings College London), 'Seventy Clever and Pretty Girls’: Lila Clay’s Adamless Eden'.
12:30 – 13:30

Break and Socialising Time

13:30 – 14:15

Eimear Noone (Composer and Conductor), ‘Designing a Life in Music’ 

14:30 – 16:00 SESSION 5

Room 5A:  Autobiographical Approaches to Ethel Smyth’s Vocal Works

  • Hannah Millington (Dublin City University), ‘”I unearthered in my loft a cantata”: Contextualising Ethel Smyth’s Song of Love, Op. 8’.
  • Dr Leah Broad (University of Oxford), ‘”In my heart there’s a dancing spark”: Ethel Smyth’s ‘The Clown’ and (auto)biography’.
  • Dr Amy Zigler (Salem College), ‘”Perhaps what men call a sin ....”: An Examination of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison’. [EDT 10:30]

Room 5B:  Perspectives in Popular Music 2

  • Abigail Lindo (PhD Student in Ethnomusicology, University of Florida), 'Nina Simone on the Keys: A Protest Dressed in Black Feminine Identity'. [EDT 09:30]
  • Kate Lewis (Brunel University, London), ’Music in the Hands: Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Fretboard Transformation'.
  • Eric Sunu Doe (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), 'Yaa Amponsah: Conceptualizing the Influence of a Woman on a Music Genre'. [SAST 16:30]

Room 5C:  Contemporary Composition 2

  • Dr Rachel Adelstein (Independent Scholar, USA), 'Hear Our Prayers:  Women as Composers of Contemporary Synagogue Music'. [EDT 09:30]
  • TJ Laws-Nicola (Kansas University), '"This is Where I Belong": An Interview with Composer Sunna Wehrmeijer'. [CDT 09:00]
  • Emilio Casco-Centeno (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla), 'Contemporary Piano Music in Mexico: The Contributions of Women’s Work'. [CDT 09:30]

Room 5D:  Herstory 3

  • Caitlin Harrison (University of Oxford), 'An Investigation into the a cappella Choral Works of Elisabeth Lutyens'.
  • Megan Lyons (University of Connecticut), 'Processual Transcendence in the Art Songs of Amy Beach'. [EDT 10:00]
  • Dr Emma Cifrino DMA (PhD Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison), '“Woman Composer’s Silk Scarf Death”: The Life and Death of Kalitha Dorothy Fox'. [CDT 09:30]
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 18:00


Room 6A:  Women’s Work in Music 3

  • Claire McGinn (Utrecht University), ‘”This simply means that they require to be saved from themselves”: Women Organ Grinders and Agency in Nineteenth-Century London'. [CEST 17:30]
  • Guro Rønningsgrind (Independent Scholar, Norway), 'The Ignored Musicians – Female Instrumentalists Working in Trondheim, Norway, 1930-1970'. [CEST 18:00]

Room 6B:  Performance and Reception

  • Johanna Talaniemi (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki), '‘She looked at least as charming as she sounded’:  Representation of the Soprano Aulikki Rautawaara in the Press in the 1930–1940s'. [EEST 18:30]
  • Dr Maren Bagge (Research Centre for Music and Gender, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) and Dr Nicole K. Strohmann (Research Centre for Music and Gender, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media), 'Changes and Continuities: New Perspectives on the Singer Jenny Lind'. [CEST 18:00]
  • Maeve Nagel-Frazel (University of Denver), ‘America’s First Female Violinist? Camilla Urso’s Gendered Reception in the Nineteenth-Century American Musical Press'. [PDT 09:30]

Room 6C:   Herstory 4

  • Claudia Chibici-Revneanu (Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores / Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México), 'Unperformed, Lost and Forgotten? Piecing Together the Lives and Works of the Mexican Women Composers Sofía Cancino, Julia Alonso and María del Refugio Ponce'. [CDT 10:30]
  • Deborah Nemko (Bridgewater State University / Board Member, IAWN), 'Forgotten and Suppressed Dutch Composers from the Second World War: A Presentation on Selected Piano Works of Fania Chapiro'. [EDT 12:00]
  • Irina Bazik (Pianist and Independent Researcher), 'Nocturnes in Great Variety: Reconsidering the Nineteenth-Century Nocturnes Through Women Composer- Pianists'. [PDT 09:30]

Room 6D:  Electronic / Electroacoustic Music

  • Elena Minetti (University of Music and Performative Arts Vienna), 'Daphne Oram’s Still Point: On the Historical Importance of a Pioneering Abandoned Composition'. [CEST 17:30] 
  • Judith Romero Porras (PhD Candidate, Concepts and Languages School, Sorbonne University, Paris / National Autonomous University of Mexico / Member of IReMus, Paris), 'The Incursion of Mexican Women into Electroacoustic Music: The Case of Alicia Urreta'. [CEST 18:00] 
  • Teresa Diaz de Cossio (DMA Student, University of California San Diego), 'Listening for Alida Vázquez: a Life in Electronic Music Between Migration, Race and Gender'. [PDT 09:30] 

Friday 3rd Sept

10:15 – 10:45

Rhiannon Mathias and Heidi Bishop (Senior Music Editor, Routledge) discuss the new Routledge Handbook on Women’s Work in Music, which will be published later this year.

11:00 – 12:30


Room 7A:  Leadership in Music Practices and Policies

  • Rachel Howley (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University), 'Pursuing Diversity from the Podium: The Role of Conductor in Addressing the Gender Disparity in Australian Wind Band Composition'. [AEST 20:00]
  • Dr Ben Amakye-Boating (University of Ghana, Legon), Michael Ohene Okantah Junior (University of Ghana, Legon) and  Evans Agyekum (University of Ghana, Legon), 'Music and Gender: The Contribution of Dina Reindoff to the Development of Art Music in Ghana'. [GMT 10:30]
  • Dr Amy J. Bovin (Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Texas A&M Kingsville), 'Experiences of Female Band Directors: How to Best Support Your Colleagues'. [EDT 07:00]

Room 7B:  Collective Enterprise

  • Apolline Gouzi (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris / École normale supérieure de Paris) and Arthur Mace (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris), 'Women Musicians Unionising in Early-20th Century France: the Case of the Union des artistes musiciennes'. [CEST 12:00]
  • Joanna Schiller-Rydzewska (University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland), 'Erinnerung an Danzig - Women in the Musical Culture of Gdańsk (Danzig) in the First Half of the 20th Century in the Light of the Collections of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences'. [CEST 12:30]
  • Kira Alvarez (Doctoral Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin), 'Creating a Musical Nation: Jewish Women in the Western Classical World in Mandatory Palestine/Israel, 1920s-present’. [CEST 13:00]

Room 7C:   Music Pedagogy

  • Nuppu Koivisto (University of the Arts History Forum, Helsinki), 'Selfless, Dutiful, Optimistic – Antonie Leontjeff, Gendered Practices, and Music Pedagogy in Early Twentieth-Century Helsinki' [EEST 13:00]
  • Hannah Roberts (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), 'Clara Schumann’s Piano Pedagogy in Modern Day Practice'.
  • Maria Stratigou (Royal Northern College of Music), 'Louise Farrenc’s Pedagogy as Seen Through her Students'.

Room 7D:  Musical (Sub)codes

  • Rosa Clifford (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney),'Does Loud Music Sound ‘Masculine’? Does Soft Music Sound ‘Feminine’? A Novel Analytical Approach to Gendered Characterisation in Music'. [AEST 20:00]
  • Ms Mariya Bakhmach (MSt Musicology, University of Oxford),'"We can’t talk about it, so we sing”: Lesbian resistance on TikTok and Girl in Red'.
  • Madison Schindele (The Graduate Center, CUNY), '”It’s so hard when it doesn't come easy:” Exploring the Stigmatization of Infertility in American Popular Music'. [EDT 07:00]
12:30 – 13:30 Break and Socialising Time
13:30 – 15:00


Room 8A:  Podiums and Brass-Ceilings: Women Shattering Gender/ed Norms within the United States Band Scene

  • Janine Tiffe (Kent State University), ‘Building a Better Band World Through Inclusion and Queerness; Jane Copenhefer & the 4-H Community Youth Band’. [EDT 08:30]
  • Margaret J. Flood (Florida Southern College), ‘Using Code-Switching to Navigate a Gendered Podium: A Case Study of a Woman Band Director’. [EDT 09:00]
  • Wendy K. Matthews (Kent State University), ‘Without Fanfare: Pioneering Women Brass Players’. [EDT 09:30]

Room 8B:  Contemporary Composition 3

  • Roisin Maher (MTU Cork School of Music), ‘'Reflections on Reflections: a Twenty-First Century Compositional Response to Clara Schumann’.
  • Sa Ra Park (Texas State University), 'A Hermeneutic Approach to the Composition The Azalea (2020)'. [CDT 08:30]

Room 8C:  Under the Surface: Perspectives on Unsuk Chin’s Music

  • Imri Talgam (CUNY Graduate Center), ‘A Perception-Informed Approach to Performance of Metric Structure in Unsuk Chin’s Etudes’. [EDT 08:30]
  • George Haggett (University of Oxford), ‘Janus in Wonderland: Pitch Class Spelling and Identity in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland’.
  • Ji Yeon Lee (University of Houston), ‘Formidably Fearsome Females and the Grotesque in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland’. [CDT 08:30]

Room 8D:  Women’s Representation

  • Barbora Vacková (University of Huddersfield), 'Now That All Prejudice Has Broken Down...” Media Representations of Women Composers in Socialist Czechoslovakia'. 
  • Laura Pita (University of Missouri),'The Venezuelan Revival and Sacralization of Teresa Carreño: Nationalism, Feminism, and the Historical Imagination'. [CDT 08:00] 

Tab 4 content